Terrible shots led to our downfall – Mathews

first_imgANGELO MATHEWS has blamed shot selection in both innings for Sri Lanka’s 206-run defeat in Port Elizabeth. Both South Africa’s totals were higher than Sri Lanka’s, and only two of the visiting batsmen mustered half-centuries. Both of those also came in improved batting conditions in the second innings.Three of the top four were out playing attacking strokes in the first innings, while three of the top six were out to expansive shots in the second.“I think the shot selection is key when it comes to a wicket like this and a bowling attack like this,” Mathews said. “You need to concentrate really hard. You need to work really hard to score runs against these guys. There are very few opportunities to score runs.Sometimes as batters you wait for the bad ball and you don’t get it for a long time. That is Test cricket. You need to concentrate really hard, stay focused, and wait for the loose one.Most of the batsmen are very young. They are still learning and finding their feet on the Test arena. We’ll have to give them a chance. ”Sri Lanka would have hoped for a first-innings lead after dismissing South Africa for 286 in the first four sessions of the match. However, they slumped to 205 and gave up an 81-run lead from which Mathews said his team would always struggle to recover.“We should have got more than 200 in the first innings. Unfortunately we didn’t, so after they got a lead it was pretty hard work for us to get back into the game. Especially if you restrict them to a decent total it’s very important to even it, or get a lead.”In the second innings, Sri Lanka were set 488 for victory, which was always going to be almost impossible. However, the batsmen’s imprudence did not help. A promising opening stand was cut short by the run-out of Dimuth Karunaratne, for example.Mathews’ 75-run stand with Kusal Mendis also ended with Mendis attempted a ramp shot to a ball that was passing over his head, and managed only to send a nick through to the keeper.“I thought we played some terrible shots in the second innings and that was our own downfall. I thought we gave away some easy dismissals. Yes, they bowled very well, but in the second innings there was a run-out and we let them back into the game.”Mathews himself top-scored for his team with a 120-ball 59 in the second innings, but the most fluent innings of Sri Lanka’s match was arguably Mendis’ 90-ball 58.Assured against the quicks, Mendis also swept Keshav Maharaj’s left-arm spin well. His dismissal came against the general run of play, and after he had hit nine fours in the innings.“The way Kusal Mendis batted – apart from the shot he played to get himself out – was brilliant,” Mathews said. “He was so positive. He was willing to take on the bowlers and that is a plus point for us. We shouldn’t back off even in these conditions. It is challenging, but we need to look to score runs.”Perhaps Sri Lanka’s most salient failure of the match was Kusal Perera, who, batting at No.3, collected scores of 7 and 6. He was especially aggressive in the first innings, attempting several expansive shots before edging a Vernon Philander ball to the keeper. That experience did not drive him to reticence in the second, when he was caught behind attempting a cut shot off Maharaj.Mathews provided a partial “that’s how he plays” defence for Perera, but was also mildly critical of his approach.“We didn’t want to change the way Kusal played, but we knew that we were up against a good quality seam attack. You can go slashing and get away with it. We didn’t want to change his game because everybody talks about how when Sanath Jayasuriya started off, the way he played, and he never changed his game. Unfortunately in these conditions it wasn’t the right game plan for us.”Mathews believed he had the attack to win in South Africa, even if the bowlers were inconsistent in the second innings.However, he did concede that Dushmantha Chameera was not at his best. Chameera, generally the quickest Sri Lanka bowler by a distance, had been laid low by a stress fracture in his back, since May this year.He had played one competitive game before departing for this tour, and had gone wicketless in the practice match at Potchefstroom. His figures in this game were 0 for 68 and 1 for 85. He conceded his runs at 5.27 an over.“Chameera has bowled quite a bit in the last few weeks – it’s just that he’s not got his rhythm back,” said Mathews.“He’s not bowling at his best to be honest, but he has still bowled quite okay. He’s bowled 145 kph+ in the past, and he can average over 140kph. It’s been a rough three months for him. He’s had issues coming back as well. We should give a chance to the guy.”last_img read more

Women take third, men 20th at NCAA Track and Field Championships

first_imgKatie Chin | Daily TrojanTrojan spirit · Freshman Kayla Richardson and the USC track team finished their season last weekend at the NCAA Championships. The men’s team came in 20th at the end of the four-day meet in Eugene, Ore., and the women’s squad boosted itself to third place with a strong final day.The USC track team finished its NCAA Championships on Saturday, as the six-month season culminated in last week’s meet against the nation’s elite programs at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The men’s squad finished 20th overall and second among Pac-12 schools — behind only ninth-place host Oregon. The Trojans clinched a third overall finish on the women’s side, sliding in behind the champion Ducks and runner-up Georgia.The men kicked off the NCAA Championships on Wednesday, and USC scored six points to end the first day of the meet tied for 14th in a field of 78 teams. Redshirt juniors Eric Sloan and Nick Ponzio finished sixth in the long jump and shot put, respectively. Freshman Michael Norman punched a ticket to the 400m dash finals alongside redshirt sophomore Marquís Morris, who qualified for Friday’s 110m hurdles finals.USC’s women began their quest for a national title on Thursday, and the Trojans matched their male counterparts identically on the scoreboard, ending the day in 14th place with six points. Unlike the previous day, however, USC scored thanks to one third-place finish from redshirt senior Brittany Mann, and eight Trojans also advanced to Saturday’s event finals.Norman and Morris returned to action on Friday, as they looked to score points in the men’s event finals. Norman took home fourth in the 400m dash with a personal-best time of 44.88 seconds. The performance earned USC five points and also marked the fifth-fastest time ever run by a Trojan in the 400m final. Norman also improved on his program freshman record and earned a seventh-place standing on USC’s all-time list.Morris scored three points after finishing sixth in the 110m hurdles finals, becoming the first USC runner to score in the event since 2014. The Trojans finished the NCAA Championships with a total of 14 points, which tied them with Penn State for 20th overall.Finally, USC ended the weekend with a bang on Saturday, as the women’s event finals lifted the team to a third-place finish. The Trojans’ 43 points overall were the program’s most since a 57-point showing more than a decade ago (2002).Freshman Anna Cockrell and senior Amalie Iuel headlined USC’s final day at Hayward Field, as the pair clinched a 2-3 finish in the 400m hurdles to score 14 key points. Cockrell clocked a season-best time of 55.36 seconds, moving up to third on the program’s all-time list. Cockrell also scored a point for the Trojans with an eighth-place finish in the 100m hurdles alongside redshirt sophomore Dior Hall, who came in seventh.Junior Kendall Ellis earned USC’s final top-three finish of the weekend, as she took third in the 400m dash final with a time of 51.06 seconds. Senior Cameron Pettigrew trailed in seventh place (52.52) to combine with Ellis for eight points. Redshirt sophomore Ky Westbrook and junior Deanna Hill rounded out the individual Trojan scoring with eighth and sixth-place finishes in the 100m and 200m dash, respectively.The championships’ pivotal moment came in the final event, however, as USC’s 4x400m relay team claimed second to boost the Trojans from sixth to third place overall, leapfrogging Florida and Kentucky. Pettigrew, Ieul, Hill and Ellis’ combined time of 3:23.35 beat the previous collegiate record of 3:23.75, but Oregon still finished 0.22 seconds ahead of USC to set the new record and clinch a national title. With only eight seniors graduating from a deep roster before the start of next season, the Trojans now set their sights on next spring, when they will look to build on their strong showing in Eugene.last_img read more

British citizens starts to avail Pakistans Evisa facility

first_imgThe prime minister of Pakistan had inaugurated the launch of E-VISA Services on March 14, 2019 for five countries including the United Kingdom.On the first day of E-visa services, more than 20 cases were successfully processed and hopefully the number would be increased rapidly.Pakistan High Commissioner to United Kingdom Mohammad Nafees Zakaria also shared this news during his speech after flag hoisting ceremony here at Pakistan High Commission on Saturday.The High Commission had taken pride in the successful launch of E-visa and was confident that this initiative would significantly boost the number of visits to Pakistan by the British citizens for business and tourism purposes. LONDON, Mar 23 (APP):Pakistan High Commission London has successfully started E-visa services with effect from March 22, 2019. H.E. Nafees Zakria High Commissioner for Pakistan to United Kingdom center_img London best pest control last_img read more